Hallow's Eve

It's been a busy October, which is why I haven't done a lot of updating here, but the impending arrival of November has moved me to post 31 things I could have written about in the last month. In no particular order:

1. If they'd done nothing else in their careers, Susan Sarandon and Barry Bostwick would still deserve to be stars for playing Brad & Janet in The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

2. I've responded to two separate polls about Virginia's upcoming election. I have a feeling my responses threw off the curve somewhat.

3. We don't get trick or treaters. Something to do with living on a U.S. highway in the middle of nowhere, I presume.

4. Old musical buddies Bryon Settle (Elmo & PC, Pressure Boys, LUD, Killer Filler), Ed Butler (Hindugrass, Sidecar Social Club) and I are planning to do a cover of the Carpenters' "Goodbye to Love." Someday. Honest.

5. I've been re-reading Anne McCaffrey's Dragonriders of Pern trilogy (and am now going through the concurrent Harper Hall trilogy), and while I can certainly take issue with some of the writing, damn, the world-building is remarkable. It's one of comparatively few created worlds where I'd kind of like to live.

6. My "Who's That Girl?" playlist, which features songs with women's names in the titles, is currently 145 songs long. And I don't think it's exhaustive.

7. The first song on the list is actually Johnny Cash's "A Boy Named Sue." But still.

8. It's been a good fall for warblers and other migrants; I've logged all kinds of non-resident birds coming through the area, including the high-impact Rose-breasted Grosbeak seen in my last entry, Scarlet Tanager, Nashville Warbler, Northern Parula, Blue-headed Vireo, Black-and-White Warbler, Palm Warbler, Green-winged Teal, and Gadwall.

9. I read a fair number of comics, but I have to say that John Layman and Rob Guillory's Chew is unique. There's simply nothing remotely similar. A black-comedy science-fiction/horror buddy cop story about an FDA agent who gets psychic impressions from anything he eats? Nope, nothing like that anywhere.

10. And yes, I tweeted that fact to artist Rob Guillory. He favorited it.

11. After all my posts about my disillusionment with Orson Scott Card, it will probably come as no surprise that I'm not planning to see the film version of Ender's Game. I simply can't bear the thought of giving him any more of my money or increasing his audience in any way. If you wish to go see it, I won't try to stop you... but I might ask that you donate the cost of your ticket to the ACLU or some other LBGT rights group.

12. It's an increasingly common question, what with his increasing fame, so I'll answer it here, officially: yes, I know Clark Gregg. We went to junior and senior high together, and have played soccer, music, and characters together. We're not the best of buddies by any means--we fell out of touch after he graduated from CHHS, a year ahead of me--but I am entirely delighted to see how he's turned a supporting role in a single film into a franchise, and it's great to see a guy my age taking off into a new phase of his career.

13. I'm still doing the webcast thing, announcing the events of Woodberry's football and soccer games for another week or so. (Our season finale is Saturday, November 9th, at 2:00 p.m., when WFS faces archrival Episcopal High School in Alexandria for the 113th consecutive playing of The Game.) A click on this link will take you to our broadcast portal, where you can listen to past games on demand, or catch 'em live while you still can.

14. Caramels. I can withstand the temptation of damn near anything else, but not caramels.

15. Neither of my fantasy football teams is doing especially well, but I have to feel that the Fighting Coelacanths are having a streak of rotten luck. I have the third-highest scoring average in the league; unfortunately, I lead the league in points scored by opponents. Too bad there's no defense in fantasy ball...

16. The Red Sox won the World Series again. You have to figure the Cubs fans are about to plotz.

17. Kelly and I did actually manage to get out for a movie recently. We saw Gravity, figuring it'd be a good one to see on the big screen, and yow, good choice there. I enjoyed a lot about it--Bullock's performance, for one thing, in a role that could have easily gone awry--but the technical side of the film was simply amazing. I've never seen a free-fall environment rendered so realistically, or so beautifully.

18. Ian's coming home this weekend, so we'll get a chance to work as a family unit for a couple of days. After a non-stop series of trips to Richmond in September and early October, it's been nice to have a little time off the road, but we've missed the kiddos.

19. Oh, if you were wondering, I endorse the Democratic slate in Virginia this year. The GOP is officially not getting my vote until the grownups get control of their party again. They invited all these yahoos in, so they can damn well kick them out.

20. Danny Elfman collects royalties on EVERYTHING you sing on Halloween.

21. I've been trying not to admit this, but I have a bad feeling we need to buy another bookshelf.

22. After all this time, and all this frustration and stress, there's still one thing I really look forward to every year: teaching my American Poetry class about "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry." Sometimes there's really only one or two kids who get it, but for them, it's just electric. And for me, too.

23. I'm fifty years old and still vaguely disappointed that the economy doesn't work like the one in Richard Scarry's What Do People Do All Day?

24. I made a deal with Kelly: that I'd finish watching the second season of her beloved TV series Supernatural once she finishes reading one of two things: John Crowley's remarkable, beautiful, sprawling modern fairy tale Little, Big, or Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra's SF-feminist comics adventure Y: The Last Man. She hasn't picked which one to start yet, but I'm really eager to talk about either one with her; I suspect she may go for Y because I showed her that Agent 355 is both a kick-ass bodyguard and a pretty awesome knitter.

25. There are some wildly popular foods I just don't get. One is corndogs, which we had for lunch today. The other is candy corn, which... well, yeah, you see why it was on my mind.

26. There are papers I should be grading. I've been able to say that every day this month.

27. Having finished his three shows in September and October, Dixon immediately rushed out to audition for more. He's playing a character named Insanity in a show called Pun (n): A Play On Words on November 22-23, then playing a depressed teenage version of Charles Schulz's Schroeder in Dog Sees God on December 6-7 (both at VCU's Shafer Alliance Lab Theater.) In 2014, he'll appear as Billy in the VCU Mainstage production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (Feb. 13-15 & 20-22 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 16 & 23 at 3:00 p.m.) before essaying the role of Hamlet in David Davalos' Wittenberg from March 28 to April 19 for the Henley Street Theater. I sure hope he's going to class.

28. I read another Edith Wharton novel, The House of Mirth. I may have liked The Age of Innocence better, but not by much.

29. I bought a bag of Tootsie Pops for Halloween (we give bags of candy to our advisees at school) and discovered that they have pomegranate flavor pops now. I have no earthly idea what that would even taste like.

30. Speaking of advisee candy, I decorate each bag with a horror-related pun on each student's name. This year I was quick to settle on Draculee (with a vampire), Brandonstein (a patchwork man), and Grave (for Grey, with a tombstone), but my last advisee gave me trouble. His last name is Park, and that had me working through variations on Army of Parkness and Park Shadows, but nothing clicked... until I drew a zombie on the bag and labeled it The Parking Dead.

31. As you might have guessed, Kelly's working tonight. I wonder if she'll bring home any candy...

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